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ostensible

[ o-sten-suh-buhl ]
/ ɒˈstɛn sə bəl /
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adjective

outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended: an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness.
apparent, evident, or conspicuous: the ostensible truth of their theories.

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Origin of ostensible

First recorded in 1730–40; from French, from Latin ostēns(us) , variant of ostentus (cf. ostensive) + French -ible-ible

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ostensible

ostensible , ostensive
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British Dictionary definitions for ostensible

ostensible
/ (ɒˈstɛnsɪbəl) /

adjective

apparent; seeming
pretended

Derived forms of ostensible

ostensibility, noun

Word Origin for ostensible

C18: via French from Medieval Latin ostensibilis, from Latin ostendere to show, from ob- before + tendere to extend
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